# Activities for Constructivist Learning

The following are some useful activities for teaching about the constructivist learning theory.

**Problem Solving**

**Design a cooperative learning activity for the following
situation**

Mr. Alva is working on a lesson plan
on diversity and individuality for his third-grade class. He would like his
students to learn to appreciate differences in people. He hopes they will discover
that differences make it possible to learn from one another and that differences
make life more fun.

- Design a cooperative learning
activity that will help Mr. Alva’s students achieve his learning objectives.
- Remember these are third graders—about
8 years old. Make sure your activity is age-appropriate.
- Have groups report on the cooperative
learning activity they have designed

We have just completed a cooperative
learning activity

**Compound
Conjure**

This activity
demonstrates that constructivist methods can be used in language arts.
Students understand compound words by creating their own compound
words using word strips.

Directions

Word
List

**Delicious
Density**

This activity
demonstrates discovery learning in science. Students learn about density
by hypothesizing about the weight of various miniature candy bars
of similar size. Students then weight the candy bars and write down
the weights. Students must then come up with reasons why candy bars
of the same size might have different weights. The instructor scaffolds
the activity to lead students to the concept of density.

Handout

**Problem
Solving**

This is a
great problem solving activity that can be used to explore critical
thinking and problem solving methods.

Problem

Solution

**Cooperative
Learning**

This activity
helps students understand the different types of cooperative learning
that can be implemented in the classroom. Using a jigsaw, students
are divided into small groups and learn about a particular method.
One student from each group forms another group to teach each other
about the method they researched. Students return to their original
groups to review. Then students are given a quiz on the methods.

Methods

Quiz

**Is
Double Stuf really worth it?**

This activity
corresponds with a nationwide science experiment which tried to determine
whether Double Stuf Oreos really did have twice the filling. Students
scrape the filling out of a package of Single Stuf and a package of
Double Stuf Oreos and weigh the filling from each package on a food
scale.